For Cee this week – Shiny sea and ice from Iceland, and shiny paw steps from Totti.
Tinas challenge this week is to take us Around the Neighborhood. Your own, someone else’s or maybe from where you stayed on one of your travels. I have chosen our summer paradise in Blekinge, Sweden.
We have a tiny cottage there, where we spend some lovely summer weeks every year.
Our summer house is small, but the area is known for its big and beautiful old buildings.
The park, Ronneby Brunn, is a famous, prize winning beauty, but in the neighborhood you will also find old mansions – some abandoned- but their gardens are kept alive.
So, what more will you find here? Harmony…
and the sea. Quiet mornings you can take the canoe and paddle along the little stream reaching from the sea to a lake nearby.
Or, you can walk or bike along the country roads and listen to the birds singing and the cattle munching away. You will soon get used to the strange looks you get…
Blekinge is also renowned for its many old oak trees. This giant stands at Gökalv, where we spend much time hiking and watching the sunset. Estimated age – several hundred years old.
When dinner is finished, we walk or bike along the shore to see the horses and the swans showing off their young.
And when sunset is approaching, we return to Gökalv for the glorious ending of the day.
Maybe a final swim before going to bed – if it is a warm night…
The longest day of the year, darkness will never fall, so, we walk along the water line and listen to the swallows chasing mosquitos. Being grateful to just exist.
Thank you, Tina, for an inspiring challenge and the opportunity to visit so many neighborhoods around the world!
Some cool autumn days at our summerhouse – Much is in progress…and nature is slowing down. Totti is adjusting to having Milo around, but as you can see he has also found out how to effectively get away from him…one of his favorite solutions is to jump into the car cage again. Milo cannot reach him there – yet.
Autumn is coming – the crispness of the air, the clear skies and the colours of the trees.
Our little fishing village is preparing for the next season – boats on shore and summer guests gone. Silent mornings, only the swallows’ swift wings dipping in the water.
He is growing so fast…too fast, just like little children do.
Strange – Summer in May – 30 degrees C today
Late evening biking by the sea – not a cloud in four weeks
Swimmers everywhere, enjoying the coolness of it
Past the old Blekinge cottages – just have to stop for a photo. Love these…
Back at our own beach – 23 degrees C, still 10 degrees more than normal temperature
Completely calm sunset and not a mosquito – yet
Bathing – water 18 degrees. Lovely of course, but
– I do not know if I like it – or not. This month of May was the hottest and driest ever in Sweden. And we are not alone. In July this could have been possible though…
On the news they said our newborn storks will starve to death, and I guess that applies to many birds and other animals who only eat living things. There are no frogs, and the worms are digging deep to survive. The birds cannot reach them.
Please let there be rain. And, what about Africa.